What Is India News Service
Thursday, November 08, 2007


The main thrust of India's foreign policy has been to establish its rightful place in the emerging world order.  The Year 2004-05 witnessed several bilateral and multilateral exchanges that took place at the highest levels between India and the rest of the world.

  • To strengthen the international campaign against terrorism which is a global threat.

  • The realization of SAARC as a more vibrant regional forum leading to an economic integration of the region is a desired goal.

  • To strengthen cooperation, friendship and trust with countries of India's extended neighborhood based on civilizational and historical ties as well as strong contemporary relevance.

  • To promote a more equitable equation between the developed and the developing world in the political, economic and technological domains.

  • To reform and restructure the UN Security Council and espouse multi-polarity in a world order that respects the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention.

  • To work towards the goal of global nuclear disarmament within a time bound framework.

  • To continue to work closely with international bodies like the United Nations, NAM, the Commonwealth and regional groupings like the EU and G-20 for furthering India's interests in the international arena.


The Indo-US nuclear deal should be renegotiated, said the BJP on Wednesday, ending speculation that the party was willing to help the government push it through. (Renegotiate Nuclear Deal, Says Bjp, Hindustan Times, Shekhar Iyer, Nov 08, 2007)

Although Bollywood is much maligned for churning out mindless blockbusters, at times, it also obliquely depicts the ground realities. (Nation In Distress , Telegraph, Abhijit Bhattacharyya , Nov 08, 2007)

Warning that terrorism could trigger disasters across borders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the modern societies must prepare to come together to deal with manmade disasters, be they industrial disasters or disasters caused by terrori (Pm: Terror Threat Can Trigger Disasters, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

US President George W Bush bluntly asked Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to hold elections in January as planned and quit as army chief as patience in Washington wore thin. (Bush To Mush: Hold Elections Soon, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Stung by reports of confusion emanating from the BJP over the party’s stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the party today sought to cast its response in stone and spelt out its four-point opposition to the 123 Agreement. (Bjp Urges Upa For Renegotiation, Tribune, Rajeev Sharma, Nov 08, 2007)

IT was an amazing pointer by the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Dr P.K. Iyenger. (Nuclear Ignorance, Tribune, O.P. Sabherwal, Nov 08, 2007)

Democracy and federalism should be the guiding principles for a new world order as power-sharing arrangements between different units of the government give a sense of belonging to various groups within the political system . . . . (Federalism Tool For Global Order: Pratibha , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Business executives in India are the most optimistic across in the world, when it comes to their take on inflation and the overall economy in the country six months down the lane, a new survey states. (Ceos Gung-Ho On The Economy , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

It would not have been quite cricket. This seems to have been the Indian security establishment’s thinking when it advised against a visa to Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed for the cricket match at Mohali on Thursday. (Emergency, ‘Terror Camp’ Behind Denial Of Visa To Pak Minister, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The West Asia peace conference seems a mission impossible. (Wide Gap , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

Russia’s parliament voted unanimously today to suspend a key arms treaty limiting conventional forces in Europe, saying the USA and NATO were using the pact to undermine Russia's defences. (Russian Duma Votes To Suspend Arms Treaty , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

On Wednesday, Police recovered two idols of Lord Buddha, worth about Rs one crore in the international market, and arrested four persons in this connection. (Buddha Idols Worth 1 Crore Found In Allahabad , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Citigroup has appointed Pramit Jhaveri as the head of global banking, India, and the vice-chairman of Asia investment banking, the company said on Wednesday. (Citi Elevates India Investment Banking Head , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Observing that the concept of federalism is rooted in self-rule, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said expectations from it are very high in view of various challenges and instruments needed to be evolved to deal with them. ('Federalism Concept Rooted In Self Rule' , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

In an unusually grim and direct warning, the International Energy Agency has predicted that the "alarming" rise in energy demand will speed up climate change, threaten global energy security and possibly create a supply crunch that will send already high (Rise In Global Energy Demands 'Alarming,' Iea Says A , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, Wednesday urged the people to hold mass protests against the Emergency declared by President Pervez Musharraf, setting up a showdown with the military ruler. (Benazir Calls For Mass Protests, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The global demand for energy is set to grow inexorably through to 2030 if governments do not change their policies, warns a top energy official. (Energy Needs 'To Grow Inexorably' , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

What began as a book on birds at the Indian International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi grew into “Garden Birds of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur”. (A Bird’S-Eye View, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Inspiration and motivation, undoubtedly increases effectiveness and efficiency. (Print Pick, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)


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